Some boundaries changed by school board

April 22, 1993|By Monica Norton | Monica Norton,Staff Writer

After nearly a year of often heated discussions, Anne Arundel County school board members last night adopted redistricting plans for two feeder systems and were considering adjustments in a third.

Before a crowd of about 400 placard-carrying parents and students, the board voted 8-0 to move eighth-graders from George Fox Middle School to Northeast High School to alleviate crowding.

Fox is 40 students over its capacity, and is expected to be more than 340 students over by 1996. The plan will go into effect in September 1994.

The board also voted to move students living west of Stoney Creek from Sunset Elementary School to Solley Elementary School. All students along and south of 220th Street and west of the Turf Valley development will move from High Point Elementary to Solley Elementary.

Students living east of Green Haven ?? and those in the communities of Stoneybrook Village and Mount Pleasant will move from High Point Elementary to Sunset.

In the Meade feeder system, the board voted to move sixth-grade students from the nine elementary schools to MacArthur Middle School, which has two middle schools in one large building, starting in September 1994.

Students from Brockbridge, Jessup, Harman, Van Bokklen and Maryland City elementaries will attend one middle school in the building and students from Manor View, Meade Heights, Pershing Hill and West Meade elementaries will attend the other.

The latter group will become the students who will attend the new Meade area middle school expected to open in two or three years.

Late last night, the board was still discussing the most controversial of the three plans, moving students in the Annapolis feeder system. Those changes would affect 865 students and significantly change the racial balance of many schools.

Superintendent C. Berry Carter II proposed the Annapolis changes in an effort to relocate students to their neighborhood schools and foster more parent involvement.

Those changes also would take effect in 1994-1995.

The plan to redistrict Annapolis area schools attracted the interest of City Council members who intervened in the process. Alderman Dean Johnson, a Ward 2 Independent, had criticized Mr. Carter's plan because it would add to crowding at Germantown Elementary School in his district.

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